Tennessee State Representative Matthew Hill of Jonesborough has a new competitor.

Community banking entrepreneur Phil Carriger officially launched his campaign for the 7th district state representative seat on Thursday.

Carriger is a former Johnson City Commissioner with 42 years of community banking experience.

Carriger told supporters Thursday morning that he's a proven job creator and that he also wants to take a stand against President Obama's controversial healthcare law. Carriger will face five-term incumbent Matthew Hill in the republican primary on August 7th.